The Definition and Scope of Tourism: a Necessary Inquiry

  • Licínio Cunha Universidade Lusófona


AbstractThroughout the 20th century international bodiesrecognized the need to define the basicconcepts of tourism with a view to obtainingcomparable statistics. At the same time, scholarsand researchers tried to define tourism, nolonger with the concern of compiling statistics,but in the attempt to characterize a complexactivity which emerged at the beginning of thecentury. However, these definitions do not providea clear understanding of the phenomenonof tourism, nor do they comprehend the wholereality. The present paper aims to identify theinsufficiencies of various definitions with thepurpose of contributing to finding a definitionwhich may merit acceptance from the scientificcommunity.Keywords:visitor, motives, travel, resources, activities
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